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Madasgar Periwinkle: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

The Scientific World Journal recently published a review article addressing the two ‘faces’ of the Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus or vinca rosea): lovely garden ornamental and important medicinal plant. With a long history of both ornamental use in gardens and medicinal use in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, the periwinkle exemplifies the advantages of exploring […]

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Crinum research

We are currently reviewing research on Crila, (Crinum latifolium). The plant, in the Amaryllis family, occurs in Vietnam, India, China, Thailand and other nearby Asian countries. In Traditional Medicine, it has been used for urinary and gynecological conditions. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has reported on two studies, for which we received official Ministry of Health […]

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Garcinia nobilis has 3 Penicillin Compounds

Discovery of 3 New Penicillin Compounds with Clinically Relevant Antibacterial Activity According to a recent study from Germany, researchers have isolated three new penicillin-like compounds with clinically relevant antibacterial activity – known as penialidins 1-3 – from the fungus Penicillium growing within the leaves of a medicinal plant from Cameroon. The plant, Garcinia nobilis (syn. […]

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Herbal Medicine in Peru

Good news from a new article in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: knowledge of local medicinal plants is still fairly strong even in a native community only 4 km from a city center and bisected by a highway. The majority of the population still relies exclusively on medicinal plants for self-medication. In the community […]

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Plants Against Liver Cancer

Despite significant advances in medicine, liver cancer remains a major cause of death in the United States and the rest of the world. As limited treatment options are currently available, novel preventive control and effective therapeutic approaches are needed. Several naturally occurring dietary and non-dietary phytochemicals have shown enormous potential in the prevention and treatment of cancers.

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Flaxseed: a potential source of food, feed and fiber.

Flax seed has many potential health benefits.  The article below gives us some examples. Flaxseed is one of the most important oilseed crops for industrial as well as food, feed, and fiber purposes. Almost every part of the flaxseed plant is utilized commercially, either directly or after processing. The stem yields good quality fiber having […]

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What’s in a Name? Can Mullein Weed Beat TB Where Modern Drugs Are Failing?

This article outlines the history  of  Verbascum thapsus, mullien, and its potential benefits for use with tuberculosis.  For a link to read the complete article click on Verbascum thapsus. Abstract Common mullein weed (Verbascum thapsus ) has a large number of synonyms and old local “nick names” which connect the plant with mycobacteria. A strong history of medicinal use […]

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Medication safety series: take charge!

The following article states clearly the importance of making sure medications are taken with safety in mind. Nurses have read the statistics on the numbers of prescription medications seniors take each day and the pitfalls and diverse problems that occur as a result. Various scenarios contribute to this problem: multiple healthcare providers prescribe medications; the […]

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